The MCA Summer Jazz Series Kicks Off Today

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 3, 2014 6:00PM

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Photo by Ashlee Benes./Courtesy of the MCA.

Summer returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s backyard tonight with the kickoff of this season’s Tuesdays on the Terrace. Bring a blanket for the lawn or grab a seat on the terrace to hear some of the city’s finest jazz musicians for free thanks to the museum’s Community Free Days. From traditional jazz standards to their more modern experimental counterparts, each week features different artists like popular trumpeter Corey Wilkes (July 8) and MacArthur Genius Ken Vandermark on sax with The Chicago Reed Quartet (August 12). Look below for the full schedule.

Hamburgers, sausages and, more importantly, wine and beer are for sale, or make a reservation at Puck’s buffet. This year’s menu is inspired by picnics and state fairs and features fresh produce from the MCA Farmers Market earlier in the day.

Tuesdays on the Terrace is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday through September 9. 220 E. Chicago Ave.

Tuesdays on the Terrace 2014 Schedule:
June 3: Maggie Brown
June 10: Whirlpool
June 17: Goran Ivanovic Trio
June 24: Pat Mallinger Quartet
July 1: Fred Lonberg-Holm
July 8: Corey Wilkes
July 15: Jazz Links: Ryan Nyther Quartet
July 22: Tomeka Reid
July 29: Dee Alexander
August 5: Jason Stein Quartet
August 12: The Chicago Reed Quartet
August 19: Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Project
August 26: Mike Reed's People Places & Things
September 2: Robert Irving III
September 9: Xavier Breaker Coalition.